Astraware Promises to Halt Personal Productivity Gains by Releasing Five New Highly-Addictive Games for Palm Powered Handhelds

Leading developer of handheld games optimizes new titles for both color and grayscale screens

THE MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (March 1st, 2002).Astraware Ltd today announces the release of five new game titles for Palm Powered? handheld computers. The new games are a mix of puzzle, action, and strategy titles, including Nisqually, Astro Defence, Eye of Horus, RoundUp and Big Money. While these new games differ in style of game-play, they are all optimized for both color and grayscale screens, are compatible with all of the latest Palm OS hardware, and are all highly addictive in nature.

“We have been extremely busy at Astraware, developing the games that our customers crave the most and working with the online game industry?s leading developers to move the best arcade and online games to the most popular handheld platforms,” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware?s CEO. “We are always looking to partner with the best game designers to create licensed games for both Palm OS and Pocket PC handheld platforms.”

Nisqually is an online version of GameHouse?s popular online version by the same title. Nisqually is a puzzle game which is easy to learn, but increases with complexity to complete each level. Gamers aim to clear a screen full of blocks by sliding them to make groups. The challenge is to arrange the blocks to be left with just the right amount of each type to complete the level.

“Nisqually is a deceivingly complex game that is consistently ranked as one of the most popular games on the Web,” said Ron Powers, GameHouse?s Director of Business Development. “Astraware?s handheld version will rock your world just as our online version has done!”

Astro Defence gives arcade fans the opportunity to take out their frustrations by blasting asteroids and alien spacecraft while protecting a space colony with turret-mounted cannons.

Another original game created by Astraware for Palm OS handhelds is Eye of Horus, a tile matching game that tests the players? memories and wits. Astraware has added an “Egyptian flair” to the game, including features such as spells and other magical effects that can earn bonus points for the player.

Those players with a knack for employing logic in their game-play will enjoy RoundUp, a game licensed from independent game creator, Marc Silver. The objective for the game is for players to guide colored marbles back to their ?home? positions, one move at a time. The online version of the game is available for play on the official Rubik?s Web site at www.rubiks.com.

“RoundUp?s themes are creating order from chaos and getting everyone home safe,” says Mr. Silver. “It is an incredibly simple, yet totally compelling and addictive game.”

For gamers who are always on the lookout for a fast buck, Big Money is the game for them. This game is Astraware?s handheld version of PopCap Games? latest arcade-style Web game. The game requires fast reactions and good coordination as the player frantically attempts to clear coins from the screen and grab as many money bags as possible. Skillful players will work their way up to become a “millionaire.”

“Big Money has been PopCap?s most popular game since it was released,”exclaimed John Vechey, PopCap?s Business Developer. “It is always a thrill for us to partner with Astraware and see our games become huge hits on handheld devices.”

All of Astraware?s new games work with handhelds running the Palm OS 3.0 or higher and sells for $14.95. Links for downloading the games are available on Astraware?s Web site (www.astraware.com) from the start of March.

For more information about PopCap Games, visit www.popcap.com.

For more information about GameHouse, visit www.gamehouse.com.

About Astraware Ltd.
Founded in 1994, Astraware Ltd develops quality shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for handheld computers, including the popular Zap!2000. Astraware?s Bejeweled game was recently named as the Best Handheld Game for 2001 by Handheld Computing Magazine. Handheld gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than a million copies of Astraware?s products, and the company has customers in over 100 countries. For more information, contact CEO Howard Tomlinson at howard@astraware.com or visit the company’s Web site at www.astraware.com.

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